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Words / Re: Spoiler Nov. 18 Challenge
« on: December 04, 2020, 10:50:07 AM »
Gosh, I hope it was a GREAT party!

Any apology should come from me for being unclear.

Let's hope I've learned my lesson.

Best Wishes to all Chi-sters!

Words / Re: Spoiler Nov. 18 Challenge
« on: December 04, 2020, 02:48:20 AM »
I guess, Jacki, your post is directed at me.

I'll just say that, as Pat has pointed out, I did not make up a word.

I only created a phrase which I thought illustrated a possible usage of the word under discussion.

As I could now, for example, write, 'Behold, Ennéa Valanidiés seated beside the stream, weeping, beclad in the scarlet cloak of shame, beseeching the gods for forgiveness for her hubristic act of creation.'

Words / Re: Spoiler Nov. 18 Challenge
« on: December 03, 2020, 03:24:43 AM »
Oops, sorry!

I didn't mean to cause a stir...

I just thought 'beclad' might be best used figuratively.

In recompense, I will add this, from Rocky Mountain Life, or Startling Scenes and Perilous Adventures in the Far West During an Expedition of Three Years, by Rufus B. Sage, published in 1857:

In many places it is quite sterile, producing little other than sand-burrs and a specimen of thin, coarse grass, that sadly fail to conceal its forbidding surface; in others, it is but little better than a desert waste of sand-hills or white sun-baked clay, so hard and impervious that neither herb nor grass can take root to grow upon it; and in others, it presents a light superfice, both rich and productive, beclad with all that can beautify and adorn a wilderness of verdure.

I know this looks like even more of a made-up quotation, but, hand on heart, I promise that it's not (at least by me). Apparently, you can purchase a facsimile edition on Amazon.

Words / Re: Spoiler Nov. 18 Challenge
« on: December 02, 2020, 03:41:48 AM »
re: beclad

Sorry, Alan, I made it up.


Words / Re: kinesis
« on: November 24, 2020, 04:00:53 AM »
'Kinetic' is very familiar to me in such instances as 'the kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder.' 'Kinesis' is,I think, a fairly common word, especially in the realm of biology. Neither seem rare, or exotic, or otherwise disqualified from being common.

Words / Re: Careen
« on: November 20, 2020, 03:06:31 AM »
Career/careen both familiar to me.

Words / Re: Spoiler Nov. 18 Challenge
« on: November 19, 2020, 03:42:43 AM »
...then came one, beclad in the o'erweening pride of erudition...

Mateship/Mazy both unknown to me.

Whatever / Re: Election Day 2020
« on: November 13, 2020, 02:27:10 PM »
I dated a guy (oh, so many years ago) who worshipped Ayn Rand. So, I read Atlas Shrugged. It saved me a lot of time  following a doomed relationship. What an overblown apology for compassion-free living!

Whatever / Re: Election Day 2020
« on: November 08, 2020, 04:25:00 AM »
Dear Forumites:

Four years ago, I was trembling in horror at the result of the US Presidential election.

Today, I am relieved at the result.

However, an element of horror remains: this election was close, close, close, and that means there are millions of Americans who voted for our former president. What an ominous disgrace.

The Senate will most likely remain in Republican hands, which will make progress nearly impossible. Robert (my better half) and I spent hours and hours and hundreds of dollars working to 'flip the Senate' back into Democratic hands. Some success occurred, but, unless there's a miracle in Georgia, we're still stuck with Mitch McConnell running the show there.

I hear you, Chi-folk all over the world: what happens here affects everyone on every continent. Trust me: we'll keep working for a saner country that can engage internationally in a way that can help us feel like citizens of the world again.

Wish us good fortune, we'll need it!

and the very best wishes to you all,


Whatever / Re: Missing players
« on: February 12, 2019, 04:15:21 AM »
Yippee! Best news of the day!


Word Games / Re: System Maintenance
« on: February 02, 2019, 05:22:05 AM »
Alan: I know this is the wrong thread, but---how are you doing in the heat? I worry about y'all down under! Hope you're coping ok.

with best wishes,


Whatever / Re: Sarcasm in UK/US (BBC)
« on: January 13, 2019, 03:48:18 AM »
This was an interesting read, thanks mkenuk. I (native Californian) found myself chiming with the British interpretations. Of course, if these are verbal (not written) remarks, the tone of voice in which they are given may make a great difference in intention. The same goes for anona's example: 'Why not?' delivered very quietly sounds to me like a serious reproof, but I'd have to hear it to know for sure.

Another interesting topic in the nuance of language usage is the expression, 'Bless your heart,' as used by American southerners. It can be a kind remark, but very often it means 'that makes me angry', or, 'what you're doing/saying is idiotic or embarrassing, but I'm too polite to tell you so.'

Let's hear some more!

Best Wishes,


Whatever / Re: Merry Christmas dear Chihuahua-ites!
« on: December 25, 2018, 04:53:19 AM »
Thank you, Ozzyjack, for your kind wishes. May your days be merry and bright!


Words / Re: rampy
« on: December 17, 2018, 04:21:10 AM »
Dear TRex,

I loved your story: the description of your father tasting the milk and declaring it 'a bit rampy.' It conjured for me a delightful image of the cows out in the field, serenely wandering through the grass in the unhurried manner of cows everywhere. Thanks so much for the mental breath of fresh air.

Best Wishes,


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